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Bridget Cunningham

Bridget Cunningham

Bridget Cunningham is an international opera conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist, presenter and musicologist who trained at the Royal College of Music. She has researched, conducted and produced this series of vocal and orchestral recordings of Handel with sopranos Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan, baritone Benjamin Bevan, and London Early Opera with production by Grammy winning Chris Alder.

Bridget has conducted at venues such as St Martin-in-the Fields, Grosvenor Chapel, St James’s Piccadilly and St John’s Smith Square in London and at venues and festivals throughout Europe and her repertoire has included Magic Flute, Semele and Fairy Queen. She conducts several orchestras including London Early Opera, Music of the Spheres Ensemble and is associate conductor for the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi. She has a wide musical background as well as Early Music from performing Piazolla with the RTE Irish Chamber Orchestra live on Lyric Radio, to conducting recordings of early 20th Century English music composed by George Butterworth. 

As a solo harpsichordist, Bridget has broadcast on Austria’s National Radio Stephansdom with pianist Angela Hewitt, performed as a solo harpsichordist to Prince Charles and the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace and played at Château de Hautefort and Maison Hine as part of Festi Classique in France.

Bridget Cunningham has been supported by the Finzi Trust and the Worshipful Company of Musicians as a Junior Fellow of the Royal College of Music for her work in the Centre for Performance History where she researched Early Music and the collection of historic instruments and continues to coach singers. She regularly gives lecture recitals at National art galleries and has opened ‘Watteau: The Drawings Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

She has recorded and presented several programmes for SkyArts, RTE, Radio Stephansdom, Radio France and BBC television documentaries including Messiah and Vivaldi’s Women. She has made a recent harpsichord video for the Handel House Museum, Brook Street, London and has recorded several radio broadcasts on Handel and the King James Bible for BBC Radio 3 and 4.